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This title considers some of the customs and traditions of Judaism, and why they are practised. It starts by exploring the synagogue and explains some of its significant parts such as the Ark, Bimah and the Everlasting Light. Following this, the second chapter looks at the roles of the Rabbi, Cantor, Sofer and the Shochet, all of whom play an imperative role in the Jewish community. The third chapter focuses on ritual objects that Jews use in worship such as tallit, tefillin and the kippah. In the next chapter we go on to look at the importance of Jewish prayer in the home and the synagogue. In chapter five, Shabbat is investigated and its significance explained. Lastly, Jewish pilgrimage to the Wailing Wall and Yad Vashem is examined.

Author: Sam Read Publisher: GCSEPod®
Narrator: Carol McGuigan ISBN: 978-1-84906-138-4
Video ISBN: 978-1-84906-638-9


  1. The Synagogue
  2. People who work in the Jewish Community
  3. Ritual Objects
  4. Prayer
  5. Shabbat
  6. Pilgrimage

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  • Edxcel
  • AQA
  • CEA
  • IGCSE (EdExcel)
  • OCR
  • SQA
  • WJEC
  • IGCSE (CiE)

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Key Issues



  • Celebration of Shabbat: prayer, blessing, reading of Sefer Torah, singing
  • Daily Prayer
  • daily prayer (set prayers, spontaneous prayer)
  • daily prayers
  • Daily prayers, including the use and significance of tallit
  • Daily prayers, including the use and significance of tefillin
  • Daily prayers, including the use and significance of yamulkah
  • Expectations of behaviour and conduct insynagogues
  • Festivals and Shabbat
  • Havdalah (division)
  • How synagogues help with the upbringing of children and keeping the family together
  • Importance of the Talmud and rabbinic tradition
  • leaders of worship and the community: Chazan
  • leaders of worship and the community: lay leaders
  • leaders of worship and the community: Rabbi
  • Magen David (shield/star of David)
  • Minyan
  • modern pilgrimage to the Western Wall
  • modern pilgrimage to the Yad Vashem (Holocaust Memorial)
  • Ner Tamid (eternal light)
  • People: rabbi
  • prayer
  • Prayer and contemplation
  • Prayer and study of the Torah in the home
  • Rabbinical judgements on contraception
  • ritual dress - Kippah (Yamulkah, Capel)
  • ritual dress - tallit (prayer shawl)
  • ritual dress - tefillin (phylacteries)
  • ritual dress - tzizit (fringes)
  • Sabbath preparations
  • Sabbath worship
  • Shabbat
  • Shabbat and Festival observances related to work and recreation
  • Shabbat observance
  • Shabbat observance: challot
  • Shabbat observance: havdalah
  • Shabbat observance: kiddush
  • Shabbat observance: meal
  • Shabbat observance: preparation
  • Shabbat observance: rest
  • Shabbat observance: synagogue worship
  • Shabbat worship in the synagogue and the home
  • Shabbat: creation; celebration and observance at home and the synagogue
  • Significance and use of: kippah
  • Significance and use of: mezuzah
  • Significance and use of: tallit (tzitzit)
  • Significance and use of: tefillin
  • Symbols of belonging: kippah, tallit, tefillin, star of David
  • Tallit and tefillin
  • the absence of any representations of God
  • The architecture and other main features of a synagogue and the reasons for them
  • The architecture and other main features of a synagogue and the reasons for them.
  • The architecture of the synagogue
  • The building's design and function
  • the design and artefacts of a synagogue, especially Aron Hakodesh (ark)
  • the design and artefacts of a synagogue, especially Sefer Torah (scrolls)
  • the design and artefacts of a synagogue, especially their ornaments, bimah (reading desk)
  • The design, furniture, furnishings, artefacts and symbolism of places of worship
  • the different ways in which the synagogue is used by the community
  • The importance of Shabbat
  • The Leaders of the community with special reference to the rabbi and chazan (cantor)
  • the mezuzah and other ritual objects
  • the minyan for communal prayer
  • the nature of pilgrimage in Judaism
  • The place, purpose and value of pilgrimage
  • The practice and significance of brit milah (mohel, sandek)
  • The purpose and effect of symbolism in places of worship
  • The reasons for differences in places of worship and forms of worship among Jews
  • The role and function of the rabbi in the synagogue and the community
  • The role and function of the synagogue in the local Jewish community
  • The role of the rabbi and chazan (cantor)
  • the role of the synagogue and the community in caring for people
  • the role pilgrimage might play in the spiritual development of Jews
  • The roles of rabbi, cantor, scribe, shochet and mohel within Jewish society.
  • The roles of the home and synagogue
  • the roles of the rabbi and chazan (cantor)
  • the Siddur: use for prayer
  • The synagogue
  • the synagogue (modelled on the Temple), its design and symbolism
  • The synagogue: A place of assembly, prayer and study
  • The synagogue: Internal features: aron hakodesh)
  • The synagogue: Internal features: bimah
  • The synagogue: Internal features: menorah
  • The synagogue: Internal features: ner tamid
  • The synagogue: Internal features: seating
  • The synagogue: Internal features: sefer torah
  • The synagogue: Internal features: siddur
  • The synagogue: Internal features: ten commandments
  • The synagogue: Internal features: yad/breastplate/mantle
  • the use of music and art in Jewish worship
  • The use of symbols and aids to worship
  • the ways in which Jews use symbols and artefacts in their worship
  • The ways in which symbols are used to express Jewish belief
  • Worship in the home: Shabbat (kiddush, havdalah); daily prayers
  • Worship in the synagogue and in the home
  • Worship in the synagogue: daily services/prayers/blessings
  • Worship in the synagogue: form (Orthodox/Reform)
  • Worship in the synagogue: use of the Torah


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